The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) gives an applicant the right to request documents held by RMIT University (RMIT).
Anyone can make a Freedom of Information request, regardless of their connection (or lack of it) to RMIT.
Section 13 of the Act makes it clear that the right of access is not dependent on any particular status.
You can make a request yourself or you can authorise another person (for example, a solicitor) to make a request on your behalf. If you want someone to make a request concerning your personal information, on your behalf, you must give them your written authorisation.
As such applicants are able to:
- Access documents about their personal affairs regardless of the age of the document and other documents held by RMIT which came into existence not more than 5 years before the commencement of the FOI Act i.e. 5th July 1978.
- Request that incorrect or misleading information held by RMIT about them be amended or removed.
Learn more about making a Freedom of Information request.
What documents are available?
The right of access extends to documents of RMIT other than exempt documents which are in its possession and which are covered by the FOI Act. These include:
- documents created by RMIT, and
- documents supplied to RMIT by an external organisation or individual.
RMIT is not obliged to provide research information - the obligation is only to provide access to existing documents.
The definition of document in the FOI Act covers a broad range of material in addition to paper form including: maps, films, microfiche, photographs, computer printouts, email, computer discs, data stored on a computer and videotapes CCTV and any other medium used to store information.
RMIT has an obligation to the copyright holder in instances where a photocopy of a copyright document is requested under FOI. If copying would infringe another's copyright, access will be granted by permitting the person to view the document which is subject to copyright.
Learn more about how the University processes FOI requests.